Lines, Surfaces, Spaces. The Buildings of Ferdinand Kramer at DAM
Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM), Frankfurt/Main
– 1 May 2016
After almost a quarter of a century, an exhibition is being staged again in Frankfurt on the architecture of Ferdinand Kramer (1898–1985). Particular attention has been given this time to Kramer’s wooden buildings designed when he was in exile in America between 1938 and 1952 and the residential designs made after the Second World War, and the focus is Kramer’s main work, the planning and implementation of the buildings for Frankfurt University between 1952 and 1967.
Grounded Visions. Artistic Research into Environmental Issues
ETH Zurich, Institute of Integrative Biology
– 23 March 2016
Climate change, water pollution, animal species dying out and agricultural challenges are all topics for which specific solutions must be found. One way of doing this is to bring together research groups consisting of different specialist disciplines – and to integrate designers and artists, too. Since 2004, the PhD programme Z-node at the Institute for Cultural Studies in the Arts has been giving artists the opportunity to work together with scientists.
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Designers in Residence 2015. Migration
Design Museum, London
– 31 March 2016
The results of the Designers in Residence programme 2015 are on show in the London Design Museum’s own exhibition spaces until 31 March 2016. The theme of this year’s residency is “migration”, with which not only the four selected young designers have been concerned but which also points to the Design Museum’s imminent move to its new premises next year.
Look!Fashion Designers from A to Z
Museum of Applied Arts Cologne (MAKK)
- 28 February 2016
Since September this year, the Museum of Applied Arts Cologne (MAKK) has offered an insight into its collection of European fashion. The special exhibition, “Look!”, displays newly acquired exhibits of recent years allowing visitors to gain an overview of fashion design from the 1960s to the present.
– 6 March 2016
Are machines on the best path to becoming intelligent “beings”? And if so, what opportunities and threats does this pose for humanity? An exhibition at Dortmunder U is focusing on this question using both historic and current examples.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
– 20 March 2016
Frank Gehry is one of the most famous and influential architects of our time. A retrospective covering not only all of his work but also its impact on architecture, urban planning and community life can be seen in his adopted home city, Los Angeles, until March of next year.
Federal Award. Ecodesign 2015
Federal Ministry for the Environment, Berlin
23 November 2015
For the fourth time, the Federal Ecodesign Award is honouring products, concepts and services that stand out on account of their high level of compatibility with the environment and high-quality design. The German Federal Ministry for the Environment and the Environment Agency has awarded the Federal Ecodesign Award in conjunction with the International Design Centre Berlin annually since 2012, with the aim of supporting ecological design and improving awareness amongst the general public.
Städelschule and Deutsches Filmmuseum, Frankfurt/Main
24 November 2015
What do people in western Europe know about art and culture in and from Lithuania? Not very much, even if photographic history acknowledges the photo documentary “Wilna – ein Ghetto im Osten” [Vilnius – An Eastern Ghetto] by the Bauhaus disciple Moshe Vorobeichic or references are made in connection with the Soviet avantgarde to Gustav Klucis, the constructivist and photomontage artist, celebrated by Stalin and yet executed by his regime. But this is not enough, and so issue 264 of form (to be published on 9 February 2016) will put an emphasis on the southernmost Baltic republic.
Die Entdeckung der Dinge. Photography and Design
Wilhelm Wagenfeld Haus, Bremen
– 3 April 2016
Wilhelm Wagenfeld was born in Bremen in 1900. Teachers in this major product designer’s life included László Moholy-Nagy at the Bauhaus where he designed the lamps MT8 in a metal version and MT9 in a glass version. Marketed under the name “Wagenfeld” or “Bauhaus” lamp, this table lamp with its half-dome of glass became known as one his most famous designs.
Ich kenne kein Weekend. René Block
Berlinische Galerie, Berlin
– 24 January 2016
The gallery owner, curator and exhibition organiser René Block was one of the key figures behind the explosion of West Berlin’s contemporary art scene in the 1970s. Block opened his first gallery in Schöneberg in 1964 with the exhibition “Neodada, Pop, Décollage, Kapitalistischer Realismus”. In conjunction with the Berlinische Galerie and the Lentos Kunstmuseum in Linz, the Neue Berliner Kunstverein is now devoting an exhibition to him, entitled “Ich kenne kein Weekend. The Archive and Collection of René Block”, which will run until 24 January 2016.
At Home. Building and Living in Communities
Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt/Main
– 28 February 2016
In recent years changing family structures and more flexible ways of living have had an impact on conventional housing set-ups. The phenomenon of increasing numbers of people living in communities or building their homes together is the subject of the “At Home” exhibition at the Deutsches Architekturmuseum.
Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie (ZKM), Karlsruhe
– 17 April 2016
Digital games are increasingly being used as a medium for disseminating serious content, rather than purely for entertainment. An exhibition at the ZKM in Karlsruhe gives a useful overview of the range of games existing today.
The World of Tim Burton
Max Ernst Museum Brühl
– 3 January 2016
Tim Burton’s eerily fantastical worlds and their inhabitants have become internationally famous through films like “Edward Scissorhands”, “Beetlejuice” and “The Nightmare before Christmas”. A touring exhibition that focuses on Burton’s works of art now makes a stop in Brühl.
Fiber Futures. Art from Japan
– 7 February 2016
The Japanese saying “oshime kara uchū kaihatsu made” roughly translates as “from nappies to the space age”, and ably illustrates the wide range of ways in which textiles are used in Japanese culture. This craft, replete with traditions, is now the subject of an exhibition entitled “Fiber Futures – Art from Japan” at the TextielMuseum Tilburg, and can be visited until 7 February 2016.
Erster Studierenden Kongress Design
SANAA Building, Essen
20 – 22 November 2015
Students at the Design Faculty of the Folkwang University of the Arts are inviting visitors to come and take a fresh look at design at the Erster Studierenden Kongress Design [First Student Design Conference], which will run for two days in Essen. Alongside 16 talks, there will be an opportunity for exchange and a group visit to the Museum Folkwang.
The Bauhaus. #allesistdesign
Vitra Design Museum, Weil/Rhein
– 28 February 2016
To what extent does the Bauhaus continue to influence contemporary design? Which of its principles and approaches still serve as the basis for modern design processes? Up until the end of February 2016 an exhibition at the Vitra Design Museum is highlighting the ongoing relevance of this institution, tying together past and present.
International Design Week
Augsburg University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Design
9 – 13 November 2015
This year, the third edition of the international “Werkwoche” will be held once again at the Faculty of Design at Augsburg University of Applied Sciences from 9 to 13 December. As in previous years, international guests have been invited to address the varied role of design in society and to shed light on current trends.
Modernity in the Workshop
Kunstmuseum Moritzburg Halle
16 November 2015 – 14 February 2016
To mark the anniversary of “100 years of Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design” in 2015, the art school offered a wide-ranging programme of events that celebrated both traditions that go back decades and the development of new ideas and experimental approaches. Following a whole series of events, the anniversary programme will now come to a close with an exhibition about the history of Burg Giebichenstein, together with a symposium.
Architecture of Sleeping
Architekturforum Aedes am Pfefferberg, Berlin
– 26 November 2016
One of two exhibitions currently being held at the Architekturforum Aedes in Berlin is devoted to the Austrian architecture firm Heri und Salli. At the centre of „Architecture of Sleeping“ is a sleeping space, which serves not only as a place to sleep but functions as a communication area and workspace.
Integrated 2015. Biannial International Design Conference
26 – 27 November 2015
Discussion and chance have proved to be quite effective means when it comes to creating designs in the area of art and design. The Integrated conference taking place on 26 and 27 November 2015 once again in Antwerp sees itself as a platform between art, design, and society – with the title of “The Change from Within”.
The Body in the Age of Digital Technology
– 10 January 2016
As a contribution to the B3 Biennal of the Moving Image, the Frankfurter Kunstverein presents “Body – Me: The Body in the Age of Digital Technology” that looks at the influence of technology on the perception of our own bodies and personalities in four artistic works.
Festspielhaus Hellerau, Dresden
12 – 15 November 2015
Cynetart has been bringing international artists, designers and researchers to the Hellerau Festival Theatre in Dresden annually since 1997 to provide an insight into the latest computer-based art and transdisciplinary media projects. 2015 will see the 19th edition of the four-day festival.
The Fashion Film Effect
Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt/Main
– 31 January 2016
In the world of fashion, film is an important medium and serves both presentation and free artistic expression. There is now an entire exhibition in Frankfurt dedicated to combining these two design disciplines.
Shenzhen International Industrial Design Fair 2015
Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Center
6 – 8 November 2015
In early November exhibitors from over 30 countries will come together to present their products at the Shenzhen International Industrial Design Fair. Under the slogan “Designing the Future”, the fair will focus on environmental sustainability and technological innovation.
Turner Prize 2015
– 17 January 2016
Every year, the Turner Prize is awarded to a British artist under 50 years old who has distinguished him or herself in the previous year with special exhibitions or presentations of their work.
Forum for an Attitude
Prostheses. Transhuman Life Forms
Art Laboratory Berlin
– 29 November 2015
Susanna Hertrich works in the borderlands between art, technology and design. Through the objects that she designs she seeks to create a kind of augmented reality that contains an element of social criticism and suggests an alternative view of the future. Her work on the theme of body prostheses is on display until 29 November 2015 at the Art Laboratory Berlin.
Welcome to the Anthropocene. The Earth in Our Hands
Deutsches Museum, Munich
- 31 January 2016
With our presence, humans have had a considerable influence on the earth - and all the more so since industrialisation. Agriculture, commerce and transport are just a few examples. The human footprint left by these developments is now so significant that scientists, politicians and sociologists are now discussing whether it is already so enormous that we will have to start speaking of a new geological era: the Anthropocene period.
This special exhibition is being held in the Deutsches Museum and is on show until 31 January 2016. It is dedicated to this topic and with its comprehensive exhibition “Welcome to the Anthropocene”, it explains this term and the concept of the human era through topics such as urban life, mobility, evolution, nutrition and the interaction between man and machine.
Design by Choice
Bureau Europa, Maastricht
– 17 January 2016
The “Design by Choice” exhibition at the Bureau Europa, which will run until early 2016, looks at modern consumerist society and the origins of mass production in Europe, presented through an overview of cast iron products and goods catalogues.